Spanish chef José Pizarro considered both dentistry and food as a career but his love of food was too strong and left his passion for dentistry at the kitchen door.
Originally from the village Talaván in Cáceres, Extremadura, Pizarro has now lived in London for over 19 years. Pizarro spent his early years working at some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. José has since gone on to open two further restaurants in the Capital: Pizarro, just a few yards from José Tapas, and José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle. Jose also opened a ‘pop-up’ restaurant Little Jose in 2017 in Canary Wharf which we are relocating.
His belief that home cooks don’t have to be scared off by the idea of preparing plus his charm, enthusiasm and passion for Spanish food has led to Pizarro appearing on many TV programmes. A regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen, Pizarro has also appeared on Sunday Brunch, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Rick Stein’s Christmas and Food Network’s The Big Eat. Most recently he was part of the debut series of The Wine Show.
Pizarro’s first two books, Seasonal Spanish Food and Spanish Flavours, launched to great critical acclaim. His latest book, Basque, is a marvelous journey showing off the amazing food of this region. His fourth book is Catalonia, which was out last October and now José is writing his fifth book about Andalusia.
In 2014, Pizarro was voted one of ‘100 Españoles’ – a hugely prestigious award that showcases the top 100 Spaniards around the world, based on how they have brought their talents to the masses.